Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka

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Zakka is a craft movement that has come out of Japan and according to Amy Morinaka author of Zakka Handmades is “the small necessities of everyday life…that includes accessories, stationery, fashion items, toys, home goods, kitchen items, small furniture, and much more.” Zakka uses all natural fibers like 100% cotton, linen and wool. You’ll notice delicate hand sewing as well as Sashiko in some items. As Zakka has crossed so many borders one can see cultural designs from all over the globe not just Japan or Asia as a whole. In other words people all over the globe have embraced the esthetics of Zakka and put their own unique cultural and personal touches to it.

The book Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka is a lovely book with over 20 projects all embracing the charming Zakka design and techniques. Be sure to take a look at Amy’s blog chick chick sewing for more on the Zakka style and other sewing projects and inspiration.

Since the items in this book are small to medium in size they can be made in no longer than a weekend. They would make wonderful gifts for a housewarming, baby shower or to keep for yourself.

The book is laid out in four sections.

Everyday Zakka which has items like sachet, lanyards, and eye pillow.

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All manner of bags and pouches are in the Bags & Pouches Zakka Style section. Cute for holding small essentials, pencils and art supplies or to take to market.

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The third section is all about baby and young children with five projects such as bibs, soft toys, baby shoes, ponytail bows and pencil bags.

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The fourth section has Zakka items such as mug rugs, Sashiko coasters, lunch bags and more. Perfect for the home.

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All images courtesy of Creative Publishing International

All the projects here are well written, easy to follow and would work well for a beginner to more advanced seamstress or sewist. And, there are patterns so there is no need for drawing or printing out large amounts of paper. All you need is included in the book.

If you are ready to take the plunge and make wonderful Zakka handmade items Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka is a great book to get you started.

For Free Stuff Friday answer the question in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win Zakka Handmade by Amy Morinaka.

What handmade items do you like to make most? Or have you made any Zakka style handmade items?

And, the winner from last week’s FSF is Ernie A! Thanks Ernie and everyone for reading the blog. Ernie please email  your mailing address to and we’ll get the book Refashioned Bags right on you to you!





 Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka

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47 Responses to Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka

  1. Jan Day says:

    Your crafts looks interesting. Do you have any in felt?

  2. Evelyn says:

    Pillowcases are my favorite item to make followed closely by totebags and mug rugs.

  3. Betty Domal says:

    I like making bibs, burp pads, small personalized wall hangings, pot holders and want to start making mug rugs. Have not heard of the Zakka style items before, but they sound interesting.

  4. Norma Jean McDarmont says:

    I love sewing, no matter what the product is. It is so relaxing to me.

  5. Katie says:

    I like to make purses.

  6. Marlene says:

    I like to make tote bags

  7. Marthie says:

    I just love any handmade gifts but specially totes and pillows. With this book I can broaden my horizons

  8. Cyndy Lacey says:

    Totes, aprons and gift items.

  9. Mama Lusco says:

    I have not tried Zakka style yet. I love to make aprons and purses as gifts.

  10. Susan Brooks says:

    I like making bath room kits with a large face cloth filled with essentials. This year I’m making sewing kits.

  11. Jamie says:

    I love making crocheted, or embroidered items. Zakka looks fun!

  12. Susan Magpayo says:

    I enjoy making bags and aprons the most.

  13. Kelli says:

    I make totes/purses or wall hangings the most & usually give as gifts.

  14. Inita Bermudez says:

    I love making a lot of things

  15. Cathy says:

    I like to make aprons and baby shoes.

  16. Angie Larsen says:

    Love to make scented hotpads, with my own potpourri blend!

  17. Debbie says:

    I like making all sorts of tote bags, because they’re quick and easy.

  18. Nicki says:

    I make gifts for friends–I made pillows for my mom since she was having trouble finding pillows to match her decor.

  19. Marilyn says:

    Love to make crazy potholdwes, oven mitts, mug rugs, aprons, coin purses and fabric Christmas ornaments. Would be oh so happy to get my hands on this book with more ideas.

  20. Gayle Payne says:

    I love to make things for around the house! I make aprons, totes, purses, stuffed owls that I designed myself, sewing machine covers, dog beds, kids clothes and totes that can attach to my walker. I have made bibs for children and adults and even a doll. I would love to get more ideas from this book and be able to make more people smile! Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Jo says:

    Love this stuff. I had not heard of this before now. It is all adorable. Would love to make some of the items shown here. Excited to see more .

  22. Cheryl says:

    I love making totes and purses and fabric postcards. The book looks like a fun one and makes me want to try some new things.

  23. Marymartha Rose says:

    Baby shoes and binkie clips they make wonderful shower gifts.

  24. Marilyn says:

    I love making bags and baby items. Especially shoes!

  25. Linda Stokes says:

    I love to make tote bags and change purses to give away to friends!

  26. Cindy Byrd says:

    I only made one felt ornament last year but like to make a few as gifts this Christmas.

  27. Debby says:

    New grandbaby so lots of cute little bibs, dresses, etc.

  28. Linda50 says:

    I love to make small zip bags for family and friends.

  29. Ellen Olson-Sax says:

    I have a new grandson, Gus, so I am making MANY things for him!

  30. Regina Roza says:

    I love making small things that work up easy…instant gratification I guess lol!
    I love doing mug rugs, fancy pincushions, table runners, little decorative items for the house and small bags & clutches.

  31. Martha Winston says:

    I enjoy making bags and totes of all sizes. Thank you for the giveaway, I’d love to win this book.

  32. Jane C. says:

    I love handmades for which the commercial ones do not exist. Currently, I am making tissue box covers, which can be personalized and use up scraps.

  33. Grace Bader says:

    I tend to make bags and softies.

  34. Linda Huhman says:

    I like to make aprons and tote bags.

  35. What I love to make is not what I make the most of, unfortunately. And it ignites controversy, for some reason, reviles a lot of people, and is very, very personal, although I’m not private about it.

    I love to make washable menstrual pads. (cue gasps of disgust)

    What I make the most of, and I do like to make those, is embroidered patches. I even do some digitizing. But I love to make comfy things I can wear, and which save me money. (Yes, I even make my own laundry detergent.)

  36. anne m says:

    I would love to sew a knitting bag for my mom… It would only be justice since i wear ( and also my children) what she does :) i love to sew so i can pay it forward:) thanks for the give away !

  37. Pam VanAustin says:

    I like to make quilted covers for things that are not used often. Everyone appreciates them, because they keep the item/appliance clean and they are washable.

  38. Penney says:

    I love making small items that have a purpose. I enjoy projects that can be completed in a day.

  39. Rita F says:

    Love making totes & bags!

  40. Robin Huss says:

    I enjoy making bags. Would love to win this book, thank you for the give-away!

  41. Toni P. says:

    I love to sew tote bags and pillow covers, especially!

  42. roxane watts says:

    I make little girls dresses, skirts, bags and a whole assortment of crafts.

  43. Jan Hvizdos says:

    I’m currently working on a memory quilt for my Aunt & Uncle. It’s rewarding because I found out so much about our family by making it. I’ve made Halloween costumes for my grandchildren, gowns for a bridal party, curtains & drapes, children’s clothing, and have repaired, mended and altered many items for my family.

  44. I love to make dresses for my girls and purses and about anything and everything!!!!!!! jut love handmade stuff!

  45. Carol K E says:

    I have made ornaments and small totes for the little ones in our lives.

  46. Suzie W says:

    My favourite hand-made item to make is stuffed penguins. I’ve never tried any Zakka style sewing before, but I’m keen to try :)

  47. Mary Mac says:

    I love making tote bags for family and friends. This year I will be adding book covers for the grand kids.